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Commentary: District unification purely political, not the arena for administrators

The decision by the Mingus Union School Board to hold off on further district unification talks until new Superintendent-Principal Dr. Penny Hargrove begins her duties is a sign of respect.

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Question authority: Trump approach a shock to political establishment

Donald J. Trump may project the notion that he is the man with all the answers, but in truth he may go down in history as the man who inspired many of the important questions.

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Commentary: Cabinet showers president with praise, misplaced loyalty

If you’ve been wondering what “loyalty” means to President Trump, his most recent Cabinet meeting provides an illustration. Hint: It doesn’t necessarily include loyalty to the United States of America.

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Commentary: Let’s protect those who serve

While particular attention is given to both active members of the military and veterans during these summer holidays, many of us have servicemembers at the forefront of our day-to-day lives.

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Editorial Cartoon: 6-11-2017

Editorial Cartoon: 6-11-2017

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Commentary: Cottonwood a mighty charitable town – with your tax dollars

Crucial to City Council benevolence needs to be a realization of whose money the city is being so charitable with. City government does not generate money, nor does it earn it the way you do.

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Commentary: Arizona transportation needs are state’s responsibility; not those of local government

What happens in Phoenix really does matter here in Camp Verde. For far too many years, the State of Arizona has not been financially in a position to fully fund many things in the State, one of which is transportation.

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Commentary: Retaining best employees requires city salaries remain competitive

I meet with and hear from many citizens as I perform my duties as a city council member and some of the questions I receive on occasion revolve around city salaries.

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Commentary: John Wooden said it best: ‘I’m glad I was a teacher’

I would first like to thank the Yavapai County Education Foundation and its board members, especially the Teacher of the Year committee and chair Cindy Daniels and the interview team responsible for my award last year and the work done to bring us such a fine group of finalists this year.

Partnership delivers on promise to make every classroom day count

There is ample research showing that, after the influence of parents, teachers have the greatest impact on a child’s education. The more qualified the teacher, the better the education.

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Commentary: Dare I say it: Trump did something right

WASHINGTON -- A terrible thing happened this week. No, not one of the same old terrible things -- wars in Syria and Afghanistan or terrorist bombings in big cities -- but a new terrible thing.

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Commentary: Putting finishing touches on great school year

The overall enrollment of Camp Verde Unified School District is 1577 as compared 1579 one year ago. Current enrollment vs. same time last year: Elementary 701 vs.737: Middle School 376 vs. 348; Camp Verde High School 447 vs. 409: Accommodations School 29 vs. 29: South Verde High School 24 vs. 56.

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Commentary: Business sense order of the day for Camp Verde Town Hall

One of the oft-heard criticisms of government is that they don’t operate as a business does.

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Commentary: Budget priorities miss the mark for Cottonwood

Again, Cottonwood receives $84.9 million rainbows and unicorns in our 2018 budget. How can anyone distinguish reality from pure fantasy when we budget  $48 million more than spent during the previous year? How can any logical, reasonable, public official authorize spending with this slipshod, shotgun approach?  

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Commentary: Trump’s dismissive, disingenuous appraoch to Russian probes

Sir Walter Scott’s epic admonition, “Oh, what a web we weave when first we practice to deceive,” perfectly describes the furor over President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.

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Commentary: Good Things Happening at Beaver Creek School

The following is the April 2017 report from teachers and administrators at Beaver Creek School District in Rimrock.

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Commentary: In French election, youth brings optimism

Having covered Europe for the last 40 years, I was overwhelmed with wondrous memories this week as the centrist Emmanuel Macron stepped elegantly out of the Louvre, once the residence of French kings, to celebrate becoming the youngest president of France since Napoleon.

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Commentary: ‘Thank God for the nuns’

“Thank God for the Catholic nuns,” says Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

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At the Hop, At the Farm, at Camp Verde Schools

Our National Honor Society Induction Ceremony was a huge success. So proud of our new inductees. Prom was amazing. Thanks so much to the staff, the Schafers, and the McReynolds family for helping make this special night an incredible one for our students.

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Commentary: Loss of moral leadership is root of Venezuela’s pain

For those of us correspondents who covered it for many years, it’s hard today to remember when Venezuela was the democratic hope of Latin America.

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Commentary: No thanks WalletHub, I’ll take Camp Verde any day

Having lived in the Camp Verde area for over 20 years, I was appalled and angered by the ranking of the Town by a company out of Washington D.C. called “WalletHub,” identifying Camp Verde as 63rd out of 65 towns in Arizona, in which to raise a family!

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Commentary: Connecting the dots between Thunder Valley Rally, Cottonwood Police Dept.

It’s amazing how people will connect the dots to justify their position on an issue.

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Commentary: A lifeline to families affected by autism in Verde Valley

I remember like it was yesterday, even though it was nine years ago. We were in the middle of finishing our son Race’s diagnosis when my friend, Kay, came by and picked me up for an evening in Flagstaff. She was taking me to the support group she attended every month.

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Commentary: Education best served when students, parents have choice, diversity

School choice has been a hot topic in the news lately. Reports include scary predictions that increased choice in education will have a negative impact on students and lead to the downfall of our public education system.

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Commentary: Trump’s first 100 days: an executive success

Of course Donald Trump over-promised for his first 100 days. What presidential candidate hasn’t?

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